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Rohnert Park Finances Mixed Bag

Property and sales taxes are up, along with hotel taxes. But so are expenses, with more money spent on litigation and recreational facilities in 2012, including Spreckels, the senior center and community pools, which are all losing money

 

Rohnert Park’s finances are a mixed bag, with increases in property and sales taxes, as well as the tax hotel guests pay, according to the city's mid-year budget details.

But there has also been additional spending on retiree medical benefits, payroll and Public Works, giving the city a projected deficit of nearly $1 million by June 2013.

These and other numbers will be presented at the city’s mid-year budget review when the council meets Tuesday starting 5pm.

Other increases include a 72 percent spike for public safety, after the city purchased four new police vehicles and spent another $155,000 on workers’ compensation claims.

The city also spent $37,000 more this year fighting lawsuits and claims, as well as more money on economic development, including $3,900 to two consultants who coached the city about how to “be more business friendly” at a series of recent "economic prosperity" workshops.

More troubling, Rohnert Park’s recreational facilities are losing money, including the Spreckels Performing Arts Center, which is $180,000 in the hole, community pools (reporting a $53,000 deficit) and Senior Center, reporting a similar $43,000 deficit.

City Manager Gabe Gonzalez could not be immediately reached for comment, but is expected to address the shortfall at Tuesday’s meeting.

Are you concerned about spending at City Hall? What would you cut? How would you generate additional revenue? Share your views in the comments below.

Jason Pulitzer February 27, 2013 at 04:33 AM
The first order of business should be canning Gonzalez. He has repeatedly misinformed the RP city council regarding the budget. His new finance director is clueless and only does what Gonzalez tells her to do since she is afraid of losing her job.

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